Ka·​re·​lian kə-ˈrē-lē-ən How to pronounce Karelian (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of Karelia
: the Finno-Ugric language of the Karelians
Karelian adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Karelian was in 1854

Dictionary Entries Near Karelian

Cite this Entry

“Karelian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Karelian. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on Karelian

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!